Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 20 Years

On Monday, July 26, 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary.  The law signed in 1990 was a result of years of work and was designed to protect people with disabilities from discrimination in education, employment, housing, and public service. The Act as afforded more opportunities to people with physical and/or mental disabilities.

Throughout the country, the ADA will be celebrated with various commemorative ceremonies. The United States Department of Justice Celebration of the 20th Anniversary includes live streaming video with Attorney General Eric Holder, former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, former Congressman Tony Coelho, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez, and presentations by ADA experts who played significant roles in the development and passage of the ADA in 1990.  The Live broadcast will be on Friday, July 23, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please visit the U.S. Department of Justice for more information at
Following is the current text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA], including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009.  The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.
The United States Code is divided into titles and chapters that classify laws according to their subject matter. Titles I, II, III, and V of the original law are codified in Title 42, chapter 126, of the United States Code beginning at section 12101.  Title IV of the original law is codified in Title 47, chapter 5, of the United States Code. Since this codification resulted in changes in the numbering system, the Table of Contents provides the section numbers of the ADA as originally enacted in brackets after the codified section numbers and headings.

Three versions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended are provided below.  The first is the text with the amendments incorporated. The second version shows the text with the amendments highlighted by strike through text for deletions and bold text for additions. The third version shows the same highlighted content with additional coding for people who use screen readers.